Jimmy Garoppolo's tenure with the 49ers is on extremely shaky ground after the franchise drafted Trey Lance with an early first-round pick. Hampered by injuries and underwhelming play since 2018, Garoppolo figures to serve as a placeholding veteran signal-caller until the inexperienced Lance hones his craft (or until the Niners fall out of playoff contention). The only way Garoppolo's value picks itself up from the mat is if he's traded, and even then he'll be an underwhelming No. 2 quarterback, but at least he'd have a little more time on his side. Only Fantasy managers in desperate search for a No. 2 quarterback should consider Garoppolo as a warm body who might make as many as four starts this year.
Garoppolo might be able to fend off rookie QB Trey Lance for the Week 1 starting job. And the ‘Niners open with plus matchups vs. the Lions and Eagles. So Garoppolo could be a spot-start option in 2-QB leagues and DFS contests early on.
But that’s the best we can say for him. Expect Lance to take over sooner than later.
Following yet another injury-plagued season, Garoppolo is no longer the quarterback of the future in San Francisco. The 49ers drafted Trey Lance with the third overall pick in April, which means it's only a matter of time until the 29-year-old incumbent is sent to the bench. Even if Garoppolo is under center to open 2021 (which is the expectation), there isn't much weekly fantasy appeal here. Back in 2019, Garoppolo appeared in all 16 regular season games for the first time in his career and ranked top-5 in pass TDs (27), completion rate (69%) and YPA (8.4). However, low pass volume (19th in attempts) and minimal rushing contributions allowed him a career-high 14th place finish in fantasy points. Garoppolo should only be drafted in two-QB leagues.
Garoppolo looks poised to stick on roster, surviving the team's selection of Trey Lance and two whirlwinds of trade rumors. The front office seems content with his $26 million cap hit â€" or at least, they haven't yet seen the right trade package to prioritize shedding it. It's known the team considers Lance exceptionally bright and pro-ready, so Garoppolo's leash can't be particularly long. An in-season trade could come into play if the rookie shows well in camp. While he's under center, Garoppolo doesn't project to much more than low-upside QB2 production. Over four injury-riddled seasons in San Francisco, he's averaged 3,795 yards and 24 touchdowns per 16 games, and took an even further downturn in 2020. A trade to just the right destination, like New England or Washington, looks like his only path back to fantasy value.